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8 beaches in India recommended for coveted 'Blue Flag' International eco-label

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The announcement came on the eve of International Coastal Clean-Up Day celebrated with 100 other countries since 1986, for the first time virtually though. The Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar could not attend the event due to an ongoing Parliament session, but he said through a video message that the GoI is commited to clean the beaches across the country.

8 beaches in India recommended for coveted 'Blue Flag' International eco-label
For the first time, eight Indian beaches have been recommended for the coveted International Blue Flag eco-label certification, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) said on September 18.
The recommendations made by an independent national jury comprises of eminent environmentalists and scientists, PIB said in a statement.
The eight beaches are - Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Daman and Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri beaches in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden Beach in Odisha and Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar.
Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches in the world.
The announcement came on the eve of International Coastal Clean-Up Day, which is being celebrated with 100 countries since 1986. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar could not attend the virtual event due to the ongoing Parliament session. However, he said in a video message that the government is committed to clean beaches across the country.
"Clean beaches are the testimony to the environment in the coastal area," he said. "The issue of marine litter and oil spilling has caused disturbances to the aquatic life, and the GoI is undertaking various efforts for the sustainable development of coastal regions."
India has its eco-label called "BEAMS" and is e-hoisting the flag simultaneously at these eight beaches.
"BEAMS" (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) has been launched by the Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM, MoEFCC) under its Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZM). It is one of the several other projects of ICZM that GoI is undertaking for the sustainable development of coastal regions striving for globally recognized and the coveted eco-label Blue Flag.
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